Yukon to start mass vaccination with confirmation of COVID-19 vaccine arrival soon

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WHITEHORSE — Yukon will be getting 16,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 by the end of this month.

Premier Sandy Silver and Health Minister Pauline Frost say the confirmation will allow for a mass clinic for all eligible Yukon residents in Whitehorse as soon as possible.

In a statement, they say opening the clinic to residents 18 and older aligns with recommendations that the best way to protect the community is to immunize as many people as possible.

It says planning teams are working to set clinic dates and delivery schedules.

Yukon also announced a confirmed new case of COVID-19 and a probable positive case on Friday, both in Whitehorse.

The two cases would bring the total number of infections in the territory to 72.

All eligible people in long-term care in Yukon have already received both of their vaccine shots.

The statement says mobile teams have visited all rural communities and will return to offer second doses and administer first doses.

It says more information will be shared "shortly" on when appointments can be booked.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 12, 2021.

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